Dear HMI Community,
2022 was a year of energy, implementation and strategic introspection at HMI.
We had a very successful year in program delivery hosting more Workshops, Open Gate Field Days, webinars and online training than in 2021. With the help of the global network of Certified Educators (CEs), HMI served 8,880 people in 2022 with 17,252,278 acres impacted. Of the 158 scholarships awarded, 90 supported historically underserved communities (e.g., low-income, females, persons of color, and veterans). The REGENERATE Conference had 582 participants from 40 states and 8 countries connecting either in person or online. Over 38,000 persons follow HMI on social media and the circulation of HMI’s IN PRACTICE journal is 5,600.
The success of our in-person events is powered by the caliber of the exceptional holistic managers who host these events. Thanks to all who hosted, spoke at, collaborated on, and contributed to HMI’s learning and practice in 2022.
Thanks also to all who participated in a learning event and took steps to advance Holistic Management and regenerative agriculture. Finally, to our donors, grant makers, and scholarship providers, thank you for making these learning experiences rich and rewarding for everyone who participates.
On a strategic level, our board and staff have spent time refining our Holistic Goal with particular attention to HMI’s Statement of Purpose. This has been a learning experience for staff and board alike. While this work continued in 2023, we are feeling empowered by the focus and clarity it provides. HMI’s Statement of Purpose is to advance the knowledge and practice of Holistic Management globally. The prospect of raising our eyes to the global need for Holistic Management is particularly appealing and we are well placed to explore realistic opportunities given our enthusiastic, energetic and capable international board members. Thank you to all our board members for your passion, energy and valuable time!
In 2022, we have been working to mentor Certified Educator trainees and newly qualified Certified Educators—to expose, facilitate and support their ability to engage customers, present and facilitate learning. We look to do much more of this work on an ongoing basis. Adding the mentorship component to our already robust Educator Training Program is already paying off handsomely in better prepared educators to serve the Holistic Management community.
While our internal financial management is going well, thanks to our use of the Holistic Financial planning process, our investment portfolio reflects the performance of the market. Our endowments suffered significant losses through exposure to the stock markets. Our banking stock holding also reflects the challenges faced by regional banks due to changes in banking regulations. We are already proactively adjusting our 2023 operational financial management with the knowledge that our investment portfolio is not something we depend upon.
With our 40th year anniversary coming up in 2024, we look forward to amplifying our message, our relevance and our impact. We look forward to connecting with you in 2024.
Wayne Knight, Executive Director
Breanna Owens, Board Chair
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